By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW) on Saturver the weekend called on the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to enact anti-sexual harassment policies in Nigeria.
NASoW in a statement by its National President, Alhaji Mashod Mustapha made available to newsmen by the association’s National PRO, Mallam Musliudeen Adebayo stated that this will reduce demands for sex in return of grades, admissions, employments and promotions in higher institutions, ministries and agencies across the country.
The NASoW National President pointed out that there is the need for President Buhari and the National Assembly to look beyond the University of Lagos sex for admission scandal but enact anti-sexual harassment policies that would protect female students, job seekers from those who are demanding sex in return of grades, admissions and employments in the higher institutions, ministries and agencies.
Alhaji Mustapha stressed that the “sex for admission scandal at UNILAG is one abuse too many, which is an example of many harassment, the shameful practice that has lead many female students to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.”
“Sex for grades has been with us for long, thanks to Kiki Mordi for bringing this degrading and unethical practice once more again to the public focus. The UNILAG sex for admission scandal is one abuse too many, it is an example of many harassment, the shameful practice that has lead many female students to unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases like Human immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”, he said
Alhaji Mustapha added, “the bill when becomes law “should not be limited only to the academic community, but should also be extended to the ministries, parastatals and agencies, where sex for employments and promotions are also common”.
“The country should look beyond the Unilag ‘Cold Room’ and come out with anti sexual harassment policies that would reduce this immoral practice, It is so endemic to the level of having sex for job, sex for promotion etc.”
He emphasized that “the bill on sexual harassment should not be limited only to the academic community, it should also be extended to the ministries, parastatals and agencies. The Nigeria Association of Social Workers is calling for a national moral rebirth and an end to hypocrisy.”